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Occupation  Actress
Height  1.73 m
Role  Actress

Name  Lynn Collins
Years active  1999–present
Nationality  American
Lynn Collins wearing an orange dress
Full Name  Viola Lynn Collins
Born  May 16, 1977 (age 44) (1977-05-16) Houston, Texas, U.S.
Education  Juilliard School (B.F.A. 1999)
Spouse  Matthew Boyle (m. 2014), Steven Strait (m. 2007–2013)
Nominations  Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female
Movies and TV shows  John Carter, X‑Men Origins: Wolverine, True Blood, Unconditional, The Merchant of Venice
Similar People  Taylor Kitsch, Steven Strait, Samantha Morton, Andrew Stanton, Willem Dafoe

Viola Lynn Collins (born May 16 1977) is an American actress. She has made television appearances in True Blood and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and is recognized for her roles in films such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and John Carter.


Lynn Collins wearing a green see-through sleeveless shirt

'John Carter' Lynn Collins Interview HD

Britcents and Camera Dancing with Lynn Collins

Youth and education

Lynn Collins at the premiere of "Ten Year", Toronto Film Festival 2011

Born Viola Lynn Collins, reported variously in May or June 1977, Collins is from Houston, Texas, and has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. She has also claimed Cherokee ancestry, referring to herself as "Irish and Cherokee". She spent her formative years in Singapore, with "summers in Japan where her parents were getting their fourth and fifth and sixth dan in Shitō-ryū ... Okinawa-style karate". During a childhood Christmas pageant in which she played Mrs. Claus, Collins discovered her love for acting.

Lynn Collins wearing a red sleeveless dress (a portrait photo)

She attended Singapore American School and Klein High School in Texas. She graduated from the Juilliard School's Drama Division (Group 28: 1995–1999) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.


Lynn Collins wearing a black and white sleeveless shirt

Collins made her television debut in 1999, in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and went on to star onstage as Ophelia opposite Liev Schreiber in Hamlet, followed by a turn as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. After bit parts that included a stint on the show Haunted and roles in the movies Down with Love, 50 First Dates and 13 Going on 30, she gained notice playing Portia in the film The Merchant of Venice, starring opposite Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes and Jeremy Irons.

Lynn Collins wearing a black sleeveless shirt

She furthered her profile in 2008 when she was cast as Jason Stackhouse's girlfriend dawn Green in the first season of the HBO vampire series True Blood, and through a featured role as the hero's love interest in the 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman. Her first leading film role came in 2012 when she was cast as the headstrong Martian princess Dejah Thoris in John Carter.

Personal life

Lynn Collins wearing an orange dress

Collins married then 21-year-old actor Steven Strait on December 23, 2007 after a four-year relationship. Collins and Strait separated in 2013.

Lynn Collins wearing a black sleeveless dress

She married musician Matthew Boyle in November 2014. They have one child, Asher Hendrix Boyle.

Collins was raised in a "very, very religious" family of Southern Baptists, and has since explored several religious faiths, describing herself as a "pretty spiritual person."


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